2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Concealed carry for Illinois!

Hey, some good news.   The 7th US Circuit court has overturned the ban on CCW in Illinois as unconstitutional, just like we always knew it was.  The court has furthermore ordered the state government to come up with a law to govern CCW in the state within 180 days, else constitutional carry (carry when, where and how you like at your discretion) will go into effect! Wow, I bet many didn't see that coming.

Anyway, this apparently sets the stage for a showdown in the Illinois legislature between mostly anti-gun Democrats and pro-gun Republicans over the wording and statutes in such legislation.  There was a CCW bill that was defeated last year it seems because it was too restrictive.  The democratic crafter of that bill vows not to be so "accommodating this time".  Illinois, and Chicago to be more precise, has a long history of anti-gun bullying to include the requirement of each owning citizen to have a FOID (firearm ownership ID) card with them at all times, kind of like have to have a background check card before you fill out the ATF 4473 at the store to buy one.  

Pro-gun voices are calling for a laissez-faire type treatment of any bill where the government has almost no say in the stipulations for the carrying of firearms by citizens.  I think realistically you will see a compromise like in other states, such as here in Ohio, where you have licensing requirements and "restricted areas" (even if the NRA spokesman in the article say those areas are a ban, I think the precedence has been upheld in court and in other states to allow such restricted areas, like it or not) and other stipulations to carrying.

At the extreme, this sets up another challenge to be sent to the US Supreme Court, that still does not have the numbers (unless somebody flips...again) to overturn the ruling.

Bottom line, first Otis McDonald wins and now another victory for the citizens of "The Prairie State".

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